KSEEB Solution Class 9 English First Language – The Story-Teller
|Chapter Name||The Story-Teller|
The Story-Teller Class 9 English Karnataka Board Kannada
UNIT 8 PROSE
C1.) Answer the following questions in a sentence each :
1.) Who were the occupants of the carriage?
Answer: The occupants of the carriage were two smaller girls, a small boy, their aunt and a bachelor.
2.) What questions haunted Cyril when he saw sheep in the field?
Answer: Cyril wanted to know why the sheep were driven out the field.
3.) What made the aunt decide that the bachelor was a hard and unsympathetic man?
Answer: The frown on the bachelor’s face was deepening that made the aunt decide that the bachelor was a hard and unsympathetic man
4.) Who saved the little girl in the aunt’s story?
Answer: A number of rescuers who admired the girl’s moral character saved the little girl in the aunt’s story.
5.) Name the little girl in the bachelor’s story.
Answer: The little girl’s name in the bachelor’s story was Bertha.
6.) What remark of the bachelor’s story created a wave of reaction in favour of the story?
Answer: The word horrible in connection with goodness was something new to children which created a wave of reaction among the children.
7.) How did the prince of the country come to know about Bertha?
Answer: Everybody in the country talked about Bertha’s goodness and in this way the prince of the country got to know about her.
8.) How did the prince of the country honour Bertha?
Answer: Bertha’s goodness made the prince of the country to allow her to walk in his park once a week, which was just outside the town. It was a great honor for Bertha because no children were ever allowed in it.
9.) Why was it a great honour for Bertha being allowed into the Prince’s park?
Answer: It was a great honor for Bertha because no children were allowed to go in the park.
10.) When did Bertha begin to wish that she had never been allowed into the park?
Answer: When a wolf started chasing Bertha, it was then Bertha began to wish that she had never been allowed into the park.
11.) The wolf located Bertha while she was hiding in the bushes by the clinking sound of the medals
a) sniffing around
b) the clinking sound of the medals
c) her spotlessly white and clean pinafore.
12.) What was the aunt’s reaction to the bachelor’s story?
Answer: The aunt felt that the story told by the bachelor was the most improper story to tell to young children. He had undermined the effect of years of careful teaching.
C2.) Work in pairs and answer the following in a few lines each :
1.) How did the bachelor describe
a) the pigs in the park
Answer: There were lots of little pigs running all over the place. There were black with white faces, white with black spots, black all over, grey with white patches, and some were white all over.
b) the fish in the park?
Answer: The pond in the park had gold and blue and green fish in them.
c) the wolf in the park
Answer: The enormous wolf came prowling into the park. It had mud-colour all over, with a black tongue and pale grey eyes that gleamed with unspeakable ferocity.
2.) What qualities of Bertha earned her the three medals?
Answer: Bertha had earned three medals which were for obedience, punctuality, and her good behaviour.
3.) Give reasons for –
a) the absence of sheep in the prince’s park.
Answer: There were no sheep in the prince’s park because the prince’s mother had once had a dream that her son would either be killed by a sheep or else by a clock falling on him and this is why he didn’t keep any sheep in his park.
b) the absence of flowers in the prince’s park.
Answer: There were no flowers in the prince’s park because the pigs had eaten them all.
c) Bertha feeling sorry for the absence of flowers in the prince’s park.
Answer: Bertha felt sorry for the absence of flowers in the prince’s park because she had promised her aunts, that she would not pick any of the kind Prince’s flowers, and she had meant to keep her promise, so of course it made her feel silly to find that there were no flowers to pick.
4.) What are the two different thoughts of Bertha on her being extraordinarily good, when she was in the prince’s park?
Answer: It was because of Bertha’s goodness that she was allowed to go in the princes’ park. When she was in the park, she thought that it was because of her goodness she was enjoying in the beautiful park. But when she saw an enormous wolf chasing her, she thought that had she not been extraordinarily good, she would have been safe in the town.
C3.) Discuss in groups and answer the following questions.
1.) How did the medals earn respect for Bertha, as well as cause her death?
Answer: Bertha was extraordinarily good girl. She had earned three medals which were for obedience, punctuality, and her good behaviour. Her medals were pinned on her dress always. Everybody talked about her goodness and in this way the prince of the country got to know about her. He allowed her walk in his park once in a week. No other children were allowed to go in his park and this was an honor for Bertha. Once when she was walking in the park, an enormous wolf started chasing her. She hid behind one of the thickest bushes. The wolf searched and was ready to go, but then he heard the clinking of her medals against each other. The wolf dashed into the bush where Bertha was hiding and dragged her out. The wolf devoured her to the last morsel. Bertha’s medals which were the sign of her respect brought her death.
2.) The aunt terms the bachelor’s story as the most improper one. Do you agree with her? Give reasons.
Answer: The story told by the bachelor ended with a tragic end. We tell children that the good always gets good in return but in the story we get to see that Bertha, who was well-behaved girl, got bad in return. She had tragic end. The children would believe that not always good begets good, so in that way the aunt said that it was the most improper one.
3.) What elements in the bachelor’s story appealed to the children?
Answer: The very first element that appealed to the children were when the bachelor told them Bertha was the word horrible in connection with goodness which was something new to them. Another element was the there were no sheep or clock in the park of the prince. Prince’s mother once had dream the prince would be killed either by sheep or the clock. So they didn’t have any sheep or clock in the park. An enormous wolf killed Bertha when it heard her medals clinking against each other.
4.) How would the story have ended if Bertha had not pinned the medals on her pinafore?
Answer: The story would have ended on a happy note if Bertha had not pinned the medals on her pinafore. It was because of her three medals that made people talk about her. From the people the prince got to know about her goodness. It was because of her goodness that she was allowed in the prince’s park. The three medals that brought her glory and respect also brought her tragic end. If only she had not pinned her medals on her pinafore, she would have been alive and safe.
V1.) Match the words in column ‘A’ with their meaning in column ‘B’;
1.) banish – d. expel
2.) humble – e. modest
3.) domicile – a. the place where a person lives
4.) foul-smelling – c. stinking
5.) predator – f. an animal that hunts, kills and eats other animals
6.) flip – b. turn quickly
V2.) Which of the following expressions is correct?
1.) a flock of birds / a flight of birds.
2.) a swarm of insects / a colony of insects.
3.) a herd of goats / a flock of goats.
4.) a troupe of actors / a company of actors.
5.) a wad of bank notes / a roll of bank notes.
6.) a pack of cards / a deck of cards.
7.) a team of experts / a panel of experts.
8.) a bunch of grapes / a cluster of grapes.
V3.) Write the synonyms and antonyms for the following words
1.) Calm = Peaceful X Upset
2.) Ignore = Neglect X Acknowledge
3.) Gentle = Kind X Unkind
4.) Curious = Inquisitive X Incurious
5.) Humble = Respectful X Proud
6.) Revive = Restore X Unrevive
7.) Encounter = Meet X Evade
8.) Pleasant = Enjoyable X Unpleasant
9.) Deter = Discourage X Encourage
10.) Warm = Pleasant X Cold
11.) Dignified = Noble X Undignified
12.) Charming = Delightful X Repulsive
Grammar and Usage
Time and Tense :
G1.) Read the following table carefully and match the details given in column A with the details given in Column B, and C. One is done for you.
|Statement||Tense Form||Time reference|
|1.)||Every day, I study for six hours.
|2.)||Meet me tomorrow.
|3.)||The train arrives on platform no. 4 in a few minutes.
|4.||My aunt is visiting us next sunday. So, I cannot join you for the next party.
|5.)||We are going to buy a new car.
up to them
|6.)||I have finished my homework.
|I had finished my homework by the time my friend came. So, my father allowed me to go with him.
|Sushma won the first prize in the recitation competition.
|Past||Past (Single event)
G2.) a) Fill in the blanks with suitable forms of the verbs given in the brackets.
I am Shankar. I am an English teacher. I work (work) in Sarvodaya High School in Jayanagar. Every day, I go go) to Bengaluru by train. The train is at 6 O’clock. So, I get (get) up at 4:30 and leave home around 5:30. My friend, Suresh joins (join) me on the way to the railway station. He is also a teacher. He teaches (teach) Biology. The train reaches (reach) Bengaluru around 8:30. We take (take) a B.M.T.C. bus from the Railway station to Jayanagar.
b) Using the details given in the table below, construct sentences using the appropriate tense form of the verbs underlined. One is done for you.
Eg. 1.) Lakshmi goes to school every day but yesterday she went to Vijayapura to attend her friend’s marriage.
2.) Lakshmi practices music every evening but she visited Golgumbaz last evening.
3.) Laksmhi helps her brother in his home work every day but yesterday she went to a movie.
4.) Lakhsmi visits her grandmother every day but yesterday she spent time with relatives.
5.) Lakhsmi goes swimming every Thursday but last Thursday she attended a music concert.
G3.) Complete the following conversation using the correct form of the verbs given in brackets.
Dhaman : Good morning, Mr. Salunke. I am from ‘Suvarna Karnataka’ newspaper. I am writing (write) an article on the lifestyle of wrestlers. Can I trouble you tomorrow for an interview?
Salunke : I am (be) afraid I will not be free tomorrow. I am going (go) to Hyderabad to attend a conference. I will be back (back) day after tomorrow.
Dhaman : Oh! I have to submit my article the day after tomorrow. Do you think (think) you can spare a few minutes now?
Salunke : Umm! Well, I think I can spare spare) five minutes for you now.
Dhaman : Thank you very much. Tell me, how you prepare (prepare) yourself for the wrestling competition.
Salunke : Everyday, I get get) up very early in the morning. I spend (spend) nearly six hours in the gymnasium. But my friend Raghu spends (spend) only two hours in the gym. Our trainer am trains (train) us rigorously.
Dhaman : What diet do you follow(follow)?
Salunke : I prefer (prefer) lots of cereals and greens. But Raghu prefers (prefer) non-vegetarian diet.
G4.) Give reasons for the following. Use the verb given in the brackets. The first one is done for you.
1.) The room is clean.
Answer: Someone has cleaned the room.
2.) I am not hungry.
Answer: I have just had my lunch. (have)
3.) The house is dirty.
Answer: They have not cleaned it for months. (clean)
4.) The road is closed.
Answer: There has been an accident. (be)
5.) The chocolate box is empty.
Answer: Somebody has eaten all the chocolates. (eat)
6.) The watch is not working.
Answer: You have broken the watch.(break)
Past Tense :
G5. Rewrite the following by filling in the blanks with the past form of the verbs given in brackets. (You may have to use the past simple, past progressive and past perfect)
1.) The children were making (make) a lot of noise which disturbed (disturb) the bachelor. The little girl was singing(sing) the first line of a poem repeatedly. Cyril was smacking (smack) the cushions of the seat. When the aunt asked (ask) him to look out of the window, he started (start) asking questions about the sheep that were (be) in the field. The aunt tried (try) to calm down the children by telling them a story. But the children did not like her narration. The bachelor decided (decide) to tell them a story. His style of narration appealed (appeal) to the imagination of the children. They listened (listen) to the story with rapt attention and enjoyed (enjoy) the story.
2.) When I came home, my sister was working (work) on the computer.
3.) While Suresh was reading (read) the text, Sony noted down (note down) the main points.
4.) The phone rang (ring) while I was having (have) my dinner.
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